North Saanich is a highly desirable rural-residential area. Its long coastline on three sides affords many housing sites with excellent views of the ocean, islands, and mountains. Its rolling interior affords views over the hills and neighbouring valleys, and a generous feeling of open space and rapport with nature. With ideal proximity to air, land, and sea transportation (as well as the urban centres of Sidney and Victoria) this area said to be one of the finest rural-residential areas in all of Canada.
Today, the community-like neighbourhoods which include Ardmore, Deep Cove, Curteis Point, Cloake Hill/Green Park, Dean Park and the Southeast Quadrant are on the periphery of a rich agricultural interior which is protected by the Provincial Agricultural Land Reserve. Agriculture is very important to the municipality, as evidenced in the number of farms, and roadside produce and flower stands.
North Saanich has an extensive park and trails network linking municipal, provincial and Capital Regional District parklands, making it a very popular area for day hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.
What to Love
- Vibrant community
- Fabulous views
- Championship golf courses
- Proximity to local agriculture
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
From the very beginning, the North Saanich Flavour Trail was a success. Nowadays, the trail concept covers a multitude of local food community celebrations and farm events. This is your chance to meet Peninsula farmers, food producers, chefs and vintners.
Situated on top of Mount Newton on southern Vancouver Island, John Dean Provincial Park overlooks the pastoral Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands and the Cascade Mountains.
Deep Cove Market, a first and last stop shop for locals and tourists alike. You’ll be sure to leave with items you won’t find anywhere else
Things to Do
Kayaking: Launch your kayak in Deep Cove and explore the calm waters of the Saanich Inlet – a great paddling area for novices and experts alike. A public boat launch beside the federal dock at the north end of Lands End Road is a good place to launch your boat or kayak and head for any number of nearby islands (or to explore the coastline of the Saanich Peninsula). Paddlers can launch from either the boat ramp or wharf in Sidney and head across the channel to Sidney Spit or Princess Margaret Island in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (a great location for a day trip or to overnight camp).
Biking: Bring (or rent) a bike and travel the country lanes or trails that truly capture the quintessential beauty of the woodland countryside. The Coles Bay Sun and Surf Route, The Flatlands Farm Route and The Strawberry Fields Forever Route are ideal routes to get started on. The Saanich Peninsula’s recent expansion of the Lochside Trail (near the Swartz Bay ferry terminal) runs a considerable distance past the Sidney waterfront – providing sublime views of the San Juan Islands. The Lochside Trail passes through urban neighbourhoods and leads through rural Saanich to link up with the Galloping Goose Trail in Victoria.
Marinas: North Saanich boasts the largest concentration of marinas on Vancouver Island. Several marinas and boating facilities are located along Sidney’s eastern shoreline, including the fabulous Port Sidney Marina. Other marina facilities in North Saanich are Canoe Cove Marina, just west of Swartz Bay, Van Isle Marina in Tsehum Harbour, and Deep Cove Marina in Deep Cove on Saanich Inlet. Sidney is popular with the Northwest boating community, with boaters from California, Oregon, Washington and Vancouver choosing Port Sidney as the best destination marina on the west coast
- Kelset Elementary School
- Deep Cove Elementary School
- Keating Elementary School
- North Saanich Middle School
- Parkland Secondary